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AP-ME--Maine News Digest 1:30 pm, ME

July 13, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Friday, July 13, 2018.

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Maine. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the northern New England desk at 207-772-4157.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking news and more newsworthy events may take precedence.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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ATTORNEY GENERAL-OPIOIDS

PORTLAND, Maine — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions put in a plug for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee on Friday as he touted the role of law enforcement in reducing addiction and overdose deaths plaguing Maine and New England. SENT: 335 words, photos.

NORTHEAST CORRIDOR TUNNELS

NEWARK, N.J.— A $13 billion project to build a new rail tunnel into New York is scrambling to stay in the running for key federal funding as a July 14 deadline looms. According to the federal Department of Transportation, the tunnel project, the largest component of the Gateway rail project that plans to replace century-old rail infrastructure in New York and New Jersey, is lacking some key components to remain eligible for billions in federal grants. By David Porter. SENT: 520 words.

IN BRIEF:

BOND SALE: Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed off on the sale of about $115 million in bonds which he previously blocked.

MAINE GIRLS ACADEMY CLOSING: The Maine Girls’ Academy says it’s closing for good, despite efforts from alumnae and students to help the school pay off its $250,000 debt.

INFANT DEATH-DELAYED ARREST: A judge has ruled that an infant’s death 39 years ago was a homicide and not sudden infant death syndrome.

LIQUOR LICENSES: Maine 14-year-olds can bus tables at restaurants that serve liquor as the state’s liquor bureau moves ahead with its plan.

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